Good news wall
Welcome to the Good News Wall
In challenging times, it's more important than ever to celebrate the amazing work people are doing around the organisation.
We decided to collate all the inspiring stories we have been hearing over the past few weeks on one #GoodNewsWall.
Here are the latest good news stories from #TeamBartsHealth, all in one place to lift the spirits during your coffee break.
This week we are profiling some lovely recovery stories.
Grandmother beats coronavirus in time for her birthday
A grandmother of three has beaten coronavirus after being admitted to Newham Hospital, in time to go home for her birthday.
Whipps Cross staff are heroes who helped me recover from covid-19
Patient Elliot Bourne has now recovered, spoke to us about his experiences and to praise the staff who were involved in his care.
Doodle artist brings a smile to staff on the frontline
Cathy wins national award for kindness and compassion
Consultant Midwife Cathy was nominated for the award by her manager Giuseppe Labriola.
The Cavell Nurses’ Trust Star Award programme is for nurses, midwives, nursing associates and healthcare assistants who show exceptional care to either patients, their families or colleagues.
Cathy said: “A very big thank you for the nomination, it is very humbling to be recognised."
"I didn't have to think twice" - CNS Linda Moss redeployed to help support cardiac wards
Linda Moss is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) working within inherited cardiac disease at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. She has recently transitioned to the third floor cardiac wards to support teams whose staff have been redeployed to the coronavirus frontline in critical care.
She says of her transfer: "Even the most basic questions get a detailed and thoughtful response – everyone is willing to help and explain.
“It’s a very positive environment."
The Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy team are redeployed to adult services:
"I cannot express how proud I am of my team, that they have both embraced and shown incredible flexibility to voluntarily see adult patients with very little preparation time. Every single team member has come back from seeing an adult patient smiling and happy that they could help."
Rainbows for Acorn Ward
Rainbow drawings have been popping up all over Whipps Cross Hospital’s children’s ward in support of staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they were created by our young patients!
Ritesh shaves his head for Barts Charity
Ritesh Mistry, Admin Clerk in Medical Records at Whipps Cross Hospital has shaved his head to raise funds for Barts Charity.
Local taxi driver helps Newham staff home safely free of charge
One local cabbie has been making a huge difference by offering up his services as a taxi driver to help members of NHS staff get home from their shifts on the frontline.
Barts Charity raise £22,000 in first week of appeal
It's clear that the community want to give back and say a big 'thank you' to healthcare workers during these times - in the first week of the emergency appeal, Barts Charity raised a huge £22,000.
We are celebrating positive news at #TeamBartsHealth #GoodNewsWall
We have received some lovely messages of thanks through the inbox this week. Here are this week's messages...
Thank you to Megan from the Community team
We were delighted to welcome Megan Bingham to our Royal London Speech and Language Therapy team.
Megan is a Speech and Language Therapist from the Community Team in Tower Hamlets.
One of her community patients fed back this week that before Megan was re- deployed to RLH she ‘ran around sorting things out’ to make sure he was cared for.
Megan arranged for him to receive regular food parcels from Bow Food Bank and First Love Foundation.
He was obviously extremely worried about his situation and feels ‘safe’ as a result of Megan’s hard work. He describes her care as ‘excellent’ and that she ‘saved’ him!
Thank you to Kayleigh and Rob from Materials Management, and to the Cardiac Science team
I would like to say a big thank you to Kayleigh Regan-Kabalci and Rob Brown from materials management who are holding the fort with their team - managing the stock on the third floor for cath labs. We appreciate that things are constantly changing and PPE and medical equipment is taking a lot of resource away from this team but they are really working hard to try and ensure the labs have the equipment they need.
There have been some bumps in the road but they have really tried to communicate and help us as best they can so thank you!
Also, I would like to thank all of the Cardiac Science (Physiology) team for being so so helpful and pitching in for re-deployment, additional working where required, supporting their lab teams and offering to help on wards etc. I am proud to be a Cardiac Scientist and inspired by all of my colleagues, Trust wide, trying to make a difference wherever they can.
Thank you to the fantastic junior doctors and nurses and AHPs on Peace Ward for welcoming me to their team this week
So far this week we have managed to discharge seven patients to their homes after long hospital stays with covid-19 including four over-70s and one who is 94.
Dr Louise Langmead